Bullpen Hit With Third Straight Loss

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There's a lot of second-guessing and freaking out going on out there over the Rangers' start to the 2016 season.

Four games, three losses and the only win coming on a day when the offense managed all of one hit.

The most alarming part of the three-game losing skid? It's not the inept offense but instead the bullpen, which was supposed to be the strength of the team.

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It's understandable and fair for folks to be knee-jerking after the Rangers' pen lost a third straight game minutes into Friday morning, but it's equally ridiculous and stupid.

We're four games into a 162-game slate, and it's far too early to be worrying, but with how much of a strength the Rangers' pen was supposed to be, it's a little alarming they've already blown a save and lost games twice after taking over a tie game.

On Thursday night, it was a group effort, but it was Shawn Tolleson who left a fastball middle-middle to Albert Pujols with two outs and the bases full, and while Pujols is a shell of his former self, he can still do a lot with a fastball middle-middle. He did it, and the game promptly ended.

Every reliever on the staff has had varying degrees of fail so far, and we're just four games in. So is that a little concerning? Yeah, it is.

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